Yesterday it was announced that Disney would remove all of its entries from Netflix and create its own streaming service for those that have cut the cord on cable. While this makes sense from a financial standpoint for the Mouse House it will prove to be a problem for many in the long run.
Disney, as kid friendly as they are, has never been the most affordable. The Happiest Place on Earth is also one of the most expensive and the company’s strategic approach to releasing movies “from the vault” has always been geared toward jacking up the prices on movies that wouldn’t normally be worth as much.
The question is, will Disney make it worth it for customers and at what price? Industry standard for streaming services seems to be $10-$20 but depending on how much Disney covets its collection of streaming content that price could be much higher. Also worth noting is just how much content will actually be on the service. If Disney takes the same approach with streaming content that it does with its “vault” then chunks of the catalog may not be available to stream for months at a time.
That being said, there is an entirely good chance that the streaming service will be a treasure trove for Disney fanatics. The streaming service will allow the company to stream exclusive content and create new shows readily available for those willing to see it on their devices. Since the concept is only in its infancy time will tell.
Still, Netflix at least seemed prepared for the move as just a day earlier they announced the acquisition of MillarWorld from comic book creator Miles Millar. Though he is just a single creator his catalog is extensive and would give the company the room to develop a plethora of comic book related shows that would be exclusive to Netflix. Though much of his catalog isn’t as mainstream as Disney ironically it was the Mouse House itself that proved, with properties like Guardians of the Galaxy, that you don’t have to be an A-list name to get a huge following.